Judy Berlin

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    It isn't often that lives of quiet desperation are served up with such pearly restraint.
  2. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    100
    Some movies are too good to miss. Judy Berlin is one of them...It works like magic.
  3. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    Tightly constructed and controlled.
  4. 90
    An almost perfectly realized poetic vision of people who continue in their everyday existence certain that life in a larger sense has passed them by.
  5. 90
    Where "American Beauty" was smug and obvious in its dissection of suburban life, Judy Berlin is hilarious, heartbreaking and -- in its graciousness -- unlike any American film we've seen in a long time.
  6. A comedy of the most delicately balanced perfection.
  7. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: John Petrakis
    88
    Beautiful little film.
  8. 85
    Captures the emptiness of small-time lives as evocatively as Peter Bogdonavich's "Last Picture Show."
  9. Reviewed by: Graham Fuller
    80
    Etched with sensitivity and wit, above all with an unpatronizing compassion for ordinary people going about their business on an extraordinary day.
  10. Philosophy imbues this inescapably self-reflexive movie with a rare compassion.
  11. Something to get excited about.
  12. 80
    Unlikely to draw the audience it deserves, but those who do see it will have a hard time shaking its gentle, ghostly echoes.
  13. 78
    A gorgeously crafted love poem.
  14. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    75
    Laced with magic-realist bittersweetness.
  15. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    75
    Possesses moments of fleeting grace, pathos and beauty, even if it ultimately doesn't amount to much.
  16. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    75
    Broadway-sized performances.
  17. Its leisurely pace and surreal poetry won't break box-office records, but will surely serve to introduce Mendelsohn as a major new talent.
  18. With skill and also with love, writer-director Eric Mendelsohn creates a delicate and airy mood, a kind of cinematic haiku.
  19. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Numerous lovely, quirky moments.
  20. 70
    A gentle, offbeat drama that hails the arrival of a new talent in writer-director Eric Mendelsohn, and bids a poignant farewell to a uniquely gifted actress, the late Madeline Kahn.
  21. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: Ted Gideonse
    70
    Gorgeous, mesmerizing, and stunningly well acted.
  22. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    63
    Boasts several fine performances and some elegant, eerie black-and- white photography.

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